The European Commission’s 28 Country Health Profiles, published on November 23, along with the Companion Report, suggests that rethinking the European Union’s health systems can ensure they remain fit-for-purpose and provide patient-centred care.
The reports provide an in-depth analysis of EU member states’ health systems. They look at the health of the population and important risk factors, as well as at the effectiveness, accessibility and resilience of health systems in each EU member state.
According to the Commission, the reports clearly reflect shared objectives across the member states, and reveal potential areas where the Commission can encourage mutual learning and exchange of good practices.
“Spending only 3% of our health budgets on prevention, compared with 80% on the treatment of diseases, is simply not enough,” said Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety. “We need better access to primary care so that the emergency room isn’t people’s first port of call. And we need to enshrine health promotion and disease prevention into all policy sectors to improve people’s health and reduce pressure on health systems. These are just a few of the diagnoses coming out from our 2017 State of Health in the EU report. By offering comprehensive data and insights, we aim to support national health authorities in tackling the challenges and in making the right policy and investment choices. I hope they will make good use of it.”
The Country Health Profiles were prepared in cooperation with the OECD and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies.